If you haven’t been following basketball this season, you still might
hear about how the Lakers have struggled. Laker management’s loss of
composure reached its peak when they fired their head coach weeks ago.
This is a recurring theme not only in sports, but in decision making as a whole.
As long as the team is winning, bad sportsmanship is tolerated,
selfish shots are acceptable, and lack of dedication is overlooked; all
sins are forgiven. Once the team hits a loosing streak however, fingers
get pointed and owners go apeshit.
Most of us think like this too. As long as our grades are decent, its no sweat, I’ll worry about it later. Then we get our test back to see that one F, and we freak out. We start pulling all nighters, we start bugging the TAs, taking Aderol, and scheming up ways to cheat.
It is much better to do the opposite instead. When times are going well, we should be constantly reevaluating and looking for ways to improve our performance. When times are bad, we should take a step back, look at the bigger picture, and resist the urge to make drastic moves that could cost us in the near future.
I enjoyed your post a lot.
We can even take it into a relationship level: we usually only complain about a bad behavior of someone when it start affecting our life. For example: let's say you have a coworker who has the habit of getting late all the time. You could come up to him and warn how that is a bad behavior and how it can screw his professional life. But we don't do that, unless he gets late and fucks one of our projects, for example.
If we are motivated to help the other, we should do it right away, not just when things affect us personally.
Jamie A. Thom reached out to me recently with a fantastic letter, and kindly let me post it here for everyone. He talks about something I think a lot of us have experienced - having enough natural ability to coast through easy work, but falling far short of potential because of it. He shook out of it by taking a lot of action and throwing himself into the deep end of getting married, working internationally, and taking on some huge projects.
Pretty inspirational stuff. Here's Jamie -
Laziness - The Enemy of Victory
I am finally stepping out of the (more than 900 by now!) crowd of regular readers to get in touch and say "hello". First may I say how much I've been enjoying your blog over the past few months, I believe I first stumbled across you after reading your comment on a Less Wrong post about why humans are not automatically strategic. My only previous contact with you was a brief comment on your post about books worth reading to get started on Japanese history, I am currently reading Musashi as a result and am enjoying it very much - many thanks for those recommendations.
April 21, 2011 by